First we go around the marshes near Belen village, on foot. Then, we cross the Brus Lagoon by boat up to a Caribbean pine forest populated by a great number of diverse psitacins (parrot, parraquet, etc.) and other attractive bird species common in the gallery forest. At the farming territories, where the primary ecosystem has already been deeply modified, we will be nicely surprised by the interesting bird fauna of diverse colors and shapes that live in this transitional zone, such as fly catchers, trogons, motmots, toucans, tanagers, kingfishers, etc.
A walk along the beach will give us the opportunity to watch different marine birds (pelicans, sandpipers, ibises, frigate birds, roseate spoonbills, storks, etc.) while a boat trip upstream in the Platano River will allow us to discover even more examples of this beautiful tropical fauna such as jacamars, oropendolas, macaws and other fascinating creatures of this particular habitat. In our journey we shall also have a good chance to interact with the interesting native people of this region.
Day 1: Brus Laguna. Flight to Brus Laguna from La Ceiba (50 mins.) only Monday and Fridays. Bird watching in the marshes around Brus in the afternoon to observe aquatic birds. Night accommodation at Ciudad Blanca Hotel in Brus. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Rapa Lagoon. (ASTAC) After breakfast transfer by motorized dugout canoe through channel till we arrive to Rapa where we will overnight in tents. After setting camp take an afternoon bird watching walk along the Astak Creek at Rapa Lagoon. Here the vegetation is form by Wetlands, Pine and broadleaf. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Raista. Morning observation and after disassemble camp at RAPA continue by boat to Brus Laguna where we will eat lunch. Continue to Raista by motorized dugout canoe for another 2 hrs. Raista is a Miskito village located in a narrow land strip between Ibans Lagoon and the Caribean Sea. In the afternoon a walk along the beach and Indian community for observation. Overnight in a family Hostel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Las Marias. We hike to Nueva Jerusalém (around 1.5 hrs.) from where we will take motor boat up to Las Marías, a Pech community (6 hrs.). We will eat a cold lunch on route with some rest stops. Back packs will be carried by canoe from Raista. We sleep in thatched-roof Family Hostel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Las Marias. Morning observation around Las Marias before breakfast. Walk across Las Marias to take dug out canoes to up river to the Petrofliphs of Walpaulbansirpe. There will be a jungle hike of about 2 hrs. before we take the canoes again to continue up to the Petrogliphs. Return to Las Marias in around 2 hrs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Las Marias. Tour in canoe up to Walpaulbansirpi petroglyphs. From the quiet canoes, propelled with poles by Pech or Miskito Indians, we get an opportunity to watch lots of birds on route. We return to sleep at Las Marias. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Raista. Return to Coast after breakfast y the same motorized dug out canoe in around 5 hrs. Overnight in family Hostel. Relax at Caribean in the afternoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Back to La Ceiba from Belen. Flight back to la Ceiba in a Cessna Plain in the afternoon. There is an option to come back to La Ceiba by Land along the coast but you have to reconfirm. End of our services on arrival at the airport in La Ceiba. Includes: (B).
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